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People's Response to Music Played in Public Spaces

In April of 2007, The Washington Post conducted a social experiment. They reported their findings online.

Pearls Before Breakfast
Can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour?

Form a hypothesis:

Make a prediction about how your peers would respond to people playing music.

Conduct an experiment at school, a local park or in your downtown or mall.

Be sure to obtain the appropriate permissions.

Play socially appropriate music.

For example: you could play Halloween music in a neighborhood during trick or treat hours.

Consider varying the music. Play teen hits one day. Play another genre the next week. (Country, Rock Oldies, Classic)

What is the response?

Tabulate the reactions.


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posted 1/2009 In honor of Stan Shepard who physics at Penn State and enriched our lives through his voice and guitar.
- released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora

Aligned with the following Pa Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, Arts & Humanities

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